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Thank You for Sharing: Developing Students' Social Skills to Improve Peer Writing Conferences

By: Keri Franklin
Date: October 22, 2010

Summary: Keri Franklin advances the ideas that "social talk" in a peer conference, modeling of negative conferencing habits, and appreciative, but uncritical, listening are all ways to work students toward successful conferencing skills.

 

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I ask students anytime they share to respond only with "thank you." . . . "Thank you" became a turning point in developing students' confidence to share their writing in a peer conference. "Thank you" stalled students who were excited to correct other writers' work, created a cushion for students who lacked confidence in their writing, and developed listeners. A simple "thank you" allowed students to listen and respect the thoughts of their peers without worrying about how to respond.

Copyright © 2010 by the National Council of Teachers of English. Posted with permission.
Franklin, Keri. 2010, May. "Thank You for Sharing: Developing Students' Social Skills to Improve Peer Writing Conferences." English Journal 99 (5): 79–84.

About the Author Keri Franklin is an assistant professor English and founding director of the Ozarks Writing Project at Missouri State University in Springfield. She oversees the secondary English certification program and teaches undergraduate courses for preservice teachers and graduate courses in the teaching of writing. Her career in teaching includes experience at middle and high schools.

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